Hickman takes wings with RAF Reserves BMW

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2014 MCE British Superbike race winner and fastest ever Isle of Man TT newcomer Peter Hickman will remain with the RAF Reserves team for 2015. However, a change of machinery will see the squad move from Honda to BMW bikes as they chase more power for their BSB campaign.

Hickman, who joined the team after his record breaking TT last season as well as taking his maiden BSB win, struggled with horsepower on the Honda package, but sas that with the all-new S1000RR underneath him the team will be looking to make a march towards the Showdown.

Speaking at the MCN London Show, Hickman commented: “I am really happy to stay with the RAF Reserves team for a second consecutive season, to have that consistency is something I haven’t really had in the past. The team are changing manufacturers for this season, I am behind the move to BMW and I am really excited. I hope that we can push forward this season; I was able to break into the top 10 on the BMW in 2012, so I am feeling really positive about this move.

“My aim is definitely to be in the Showdown and that is something that should be achievable. I had my first win at Cadwell Park last year so I want to be pushing for podiums again and build on my achievements last season. I really can’t wait to get started.”

Team owner Lee Hardy added: “I thought my first season in BSB was a test of team management but 2015 is certainly going to be a whole new challenge. The change of machinery has been one decision that has taken a lot of deliberating but one I feel will take the team forward and help deliver my three year plan. We are currently in the process of building a 2015 BMW S1000RR and I am working with new manufactures to give Peter the best bike possible.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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